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· January, 2015

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Stories about English from January, 2015

22 January 2015

Myanmar's Nationalist Monk Attacks UN Envoy in His Speech

The Buddhist nationalist monk is not happy over the UN rapporteur's statement concerning the plight of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

America's Digital Diplomacy in Russia After Michael McFaul

RuNet Echo

McFaul's commentary spanned both his professional and personal life, and he was not afraid to engage with his online audience, even when that meant fighting a "Twitter war."

21 January 2015

The Leading Cause of Death in Developing Countries Might Surprise You

Is it malnutrition and undernutrition? Malaria? Nope. It’s time to pay attention to a startling stealth killer in developing countries around the world.

Hong Kong Police Make Appointments With Occupy Central Activists For Their Arrests

Netizens are not sure what to make of Hong Kong police officers calling Occupy Central Movement protesters - ostensibly as a courtesy - to inform them of their pending arrests.

20 January 2015

Indonesia's Pick for Top Cop is a Suspect in a Bribery Scandal

The police chief nominee also made suspicious bank transactions as a police officer, according to the country's anti-corruption agency. Many Indonesians think this makes Budi Gunawan unfit for the job.

One Month on, Pakistanis Pledge to ‪#‎NeverForget ‪the Horrific Peshawar School Massacre

Campaigners urged overseas Pakistanis to join “not just by sending funds, but by going to Pakistani embassies wherever they live” to send a strong message to the government.

19 January 2015

Eight Years After His Death, Turkish-Armenian Hrant Dink Still Cannot Rest in Peace

Eight years ago today ethnic Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was murdered by a nationalist teenager in broad daylight. The rest of the story remains untold.

18 January 2015

Asian Cup 2015: Iran Advances After Win Against Qatar

Iran booked its passage to the next round after beating Qatar.

Reports of Forced Religious Conversions Grab Headlines in India

On Christmas day, 59 Christians in Kerala reportedly were "converted" to Hinduism by two Hindu nationalist organizations with ties to the leading BJP party. What happened to religious tolerance?

17 January 2015

‘I Am Shuhrat': Tajiks Come to Jailed Lawyer's Defence on Facebook

Advox

Shuhrat Qudratov, a Tajik lawyer with a reputation for defending politically endangered clients, has been sentenced to nine years in prison on charges many citizens feel are bogus.

How the Philippines Hid Social Injustice From Pope Francis

Activists, street children, and urban poor residents were some of those who were "hidden" by authorities during the state visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines.

16 January 2015

Antarctic Misadventure Sparks Scandal for Russian MPs

RuNet Echo

When two Duma deputies set off to plant the Russian flag atop the highest mountain in Antartica, they probably did't expect their trip would spark a political scandal.

Civil Liberties vs. Terrorism: What Are We Willing to Give Up?

Advox

European Union Interior Ministers are considering measures to combat terrorism in the region, which many have branded as draconian.

Why Hasn't the Baga Massacre Made as Many Headlines as the Charlie Hebdo Attack?

The Bridge

Is it because of Western media's skewed news priorities? The Nigerian government's own tight-lipped response? Local Nigerian media's ineptitude? The answer is all three, argues Nwachukwu Egbunike.

A 16-Year-Old's Death Is Forcing Ethiopia to Confront Its Sexual Violence Problem

Hanna Lalango was 16 years old when she was kidnapped while riding home from school, gang-raped and left severely injured on an Addis Ababa street.

15 January 2015

Outspoken ‘Israeli Zionist Arab Muslim’ Teen Emerges from Hiding in the US

"I had to leave Israel...for trying to show the world the real face of regular Arabs and Muslims who're simply sick of their leaders' corruption and unlimited hate..."

‘Africapitalism': Africa's New Way Forward?

Acting on a concept he invented five years ago, a Nigerian economist and philanthropist now says he's ready to invest $100 million in young African entrepreneurs.

Plastic Waste Documentary Brings China's Environmental Crisis Home to Netizens

Chinese have expressed their shock and anger at the lax regulations on plastic waste exposed in "Plastics Kingdom".

Philippines Evicts Small Vendors Ahead of Pope's ‘Mercy and Compassion’ Visit

The Luneta street vendors have protested the eviction notice: "We love the Pope. We will not harm him. We are not terrorists."

14 January 2015

Saudi Arabia to Erect a 600 Mile “Great Wall” to Fend off ISIS

Last week, two Saudi guards and a general were killed when ISIS suicide bombers attacked the Suweif border post, 80km from Al Nukhayb, Iraq.

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